Adults

Together We’ll Find the Way

At Shandon, you’ll discover diverse, life-enriching opportunities, for all ages and life stages, that allow you to grow closer to God, connect and build real relationships, and expand your faith. From diverse Sunday school classes and small group studies and communities, to church-wide activities, you’ll find lots of choices for spiritual and personal enrichment, and lots of opportunities to develop close friendships and to make a difference. There are many ways to get connected and to be involved.

For more information about adult ministries or to get connected, contact Ruthie Taylor, Director of Adult Studies, at rtaylor@shandon-umc.org or Lesli Wood, Director of Christian Education and Programs, at lwood@shandon-umc.org

Would you like to have a conversation about your faith journey? How to begin or how to go deeper on your journey? Maybe you’re searching for more meaning in your life? Maybe you’re searching for connection and a place to belong? We’re here to talk. If you’d like to talk about your faith journey, contact Lesli Wood, Director of Christian Education and Programs, at 256-8383, ext. 108 or lwood@shandon-umc.org.


2022 Summer Bible Study

You are so busy this summer and will be out of town often…no worries, this Bible study is just right for you. Drop in and join Ruthie Taylor each Wednesday morning in Wesley Hall from 10:30 – 11:30 for a Bible Study on The Parables. NO registration. No additional book. No homework. Come as you are and experience a mid-week connection to The Word and your fellow learners as we strive for greater understanding of how we can live like Jesus. We begin on June 1 and will meet each week through August 31. Bring your Bible, a friend and a desire to learn. 

June 1: Two Foundations – Matthew 7:24 – 27

June 8: The Sower – Mark 4:1 – 20 (Matthew 13:3b-8/Luke 8:5-8a)

June 15:  The Father and His Two Sons – Luke 15:11 – 32

June 22: The Mustard Seed – Mt 13:31 – 32 (Mark 4:30-32/Luke 13:18-19)

June 29: The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25 – 37

July 6: The Widow and the Unjust Judge – Luke 18:1 -18

July 13: The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids – Mt 25:1 – 13

July 20: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – Luke 18:9 – 14

July 27: The Nobleman and the Pounds – Luke 19:11 – 26 (Mt 25:14-28)

Aug 3: The Wicked Tenants Mark 12:1 – 8 (Mt 21:33-39/Luke 20:9-15a)

Aug 10: The Rich Farmer – Luke 12:16 – 20

Aug 17: The Feast – Mt 22:1 – 14 (Luke 14:16-24) (The Joy classroom)

Aug 24: The Workers in the Vineyard – Mt 20:1 -15

Aug 31: The Unforgiving Servant Mt 18:23 – 34   


Summer Soul Food – “A Study of the Psalms”

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.

Who: Anyone (adults and youth)

Teacher: Steve Carter (except July 3 when Rev. Smoke Kanipe will teach)

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 3 – Sanctuary
July 10 – Sanctuary
July 17 – Gym
July 24 – Sanctuary
July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

Adults Events

Jul
3rd

America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful

Gym | Dunn Smith Ministry Center | 12:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate America the Beautiful on Sunday, July 3 at 12:00 noon in the gym. This is a family event to be enjoyed by all. A buffet lunch including fried chicken and barbecue will be served, and we will enjoy a collection of inspiring and toe-tapping patriotic music. The show and meal are entirely free of charge. Wear your red, white, and blue. Prizes will be awarded for the most patriotic outfit and the most patriotic hat.

You don’t want to miss this event! Advance reservations are required by Monday, June 27.

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Jul
3rd

Summer Soul Food

Summer Soul Food

Sanctuary | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.
Who: Anyone (adults and youth)
Teacher: Rev. Smoke Kanipe

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 3 – Sanctuary

July 10 – Sanctuary

July 17 – Gym

July 24 – Sanctuary

July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

More info

Jul
10th

Summer Soul Food

Summer Soul Food

Gym – Dunn-Smith Ministry Center | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.
Who: Anyone (adults and youth)
Teacher: Steve Carter

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 10 – Sanctuary

July 17 – Gym

July 24 – Sanctuary

July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

More info

Jul
17th

Summer Soul Food

Summer Soul Food

Sanctuary | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.
Who: Anyone (adults and youth)
Teacher: Steve Carter

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 17 – Gym, July 24 – Sanctuary, July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

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Jul
20th

Volunteer: Serve the Hungry

Volunteer: Serve the Hungry

Washington Street Soup Kitchen

Would you like to serve the hungry at Washington Street Soup Kitchen? Shandon UMC is a part of a group of Columbia-based churches that serve the soup kitchen each month. We are looking for volunteers to serve each 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 – noon. If interested, please submit the online form to be added to our mailing list.

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Jul
24th

Summer Soul Food

Summer Soul Food

Gym – Dunn-Smith Ministry Center | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.
Who: Anyone (adults and youth)
Teacher: Steve Carter

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 24 – Sanctuary, July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

More info

Jul
31st

Summer Soul Food

Summer Soul Food

Sanctuary | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

A study of the Psalms as a companion to the summer sermon series.
Who: Anyone (adults and youth)
Teacher: Steve Carter

When: Each of the 5 Sundays in July during the Sunday school hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Where: July 31 – Gym

Lessons will also be live-streamed each week at shandon-umc.org/live.

More info

Aug
19th

Garage Sale “Missions Possible”

Garage Sale “Missions Possible”

Gym | 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Friday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & Saturday, August 20 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Shandon United Methodist Women and many volunteers work to put together Shandon United Methodist Church’s annual garage sale. Every penny raised is used to support various shelters and missions throughout South Carolina. CASH ONLY.

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Aug
20th

Garage Sale “Missions Possible”

Garage Sale “Missions Possible”

Gym | 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & Saturday, August 20 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dunn Smith Ministry Center

The Shandon United Methodist Women and many volunteers work to put together Shandon United Methodist Church’s annual garage sale. Every penny raised is used to support various shelters and missions throughout South Carolina. CASH ONLY

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Sep
18th

Celebrate Shandon: Welcome Home

Celebrate Shandon: Welcome Home

| 4:​00-7:​00 p.​m.​

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 18, from 4:​00-7:​00 p.​m.​ and join our church family for a block party celebration along Adger Road. We’ll enjoy live music from the LifeLine band with songs through the decades, along with good eats from food trucks and games and activities for all ages. We look forward to having you with us!

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Sep
18th

TREK – Shandon’s Pathway to Membership

TREK – Shandon’s Pathway to Membership

Wesley Hall / Betty Bruner Building

TREK, Shandon’s new member path, is a three-session course to connect you with others new to Shandon, familiarize you with Shandon’s campus, discuss topics related to the Christian faith and United Methodist Church, and help you discover opportunities to serve and be served. For more information about TREK and to register for the May session, please visit shandon-umc.org/trek. For any further questions, please contact Rev. James Grubb at jgrubb@shandon-umc.org.

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Sep
24th

The Well at Home

The Well at Home

Shandon UMC | 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Ladies, save the date and plan to join us on Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., for a one-day women’s retreat held on our church campus. The Rev. Dawn Hyde from Downtown Church will serve as our Retreat leader. Friends are welcome! Registration with more details will open in August. Space will be limited.

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Jan
20th

Come to the Well – Women’s Retreat

Come to the Well – Women’s Retreat

Asheville, NC | The Cove

Register for “Come to the Well”
January 20-23, 2023
The Cove, Asheville, NC

Women of all Ages, Community also welcome to attend, invite your friends.  Renew your Spirit, Rest your Body, Nurture your Faith, Encourage your Discipleship. Join us as we make time to reflect on God’s presence in our lives and recommit to making time for Him each day.  **Check-in will begin at 4:00 p.m. Our retreat will begin with dinner on Friday evening and will close following our worship service on Sunday morning.

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Sunday school is base camp for becoming disciples – establishing a foundation for discovering God, building relationships, and exploring and growing in Christian faith. It’s where faith comes alive through engaging, relevant study and discussion, discipleship is nurtured and strengthened, and close friendships grow.

At Shandon, you’ll find 12 adult Sunday school classes for all ages and life stages. Classes meet each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Some classes are comprised of similar ages and life experiences and others are focused around common interest of topics. The classes are diverse, engaging, and focus on exploring the Bible and relevant, contemporary studies as well as an emphasis on community service and social activities.

Couples and Singles, 30s-50s. Bruner Building, 221.

Bible-based discussion studies are led by volunteers from within the class. Social, family, and mission activities are an important part of this class. They are a mission-oriented class that builds relationships through service, and they have occasional social outings.

Not a regular Sunday school class. Open to everyone. Bruner Building, Chapel.

Superb biblical teaching by Dr. David Shields, a distinguished USC professor. Relaxed lectures on the Bible from historical, theological, and spiritual perspectives. Each session stands alone.

Couples, 40s. Knox Building, 205.

Studies focus on applying scripture to contemporary living. Lessons are usually facilitated by class members and come from a variety of study books that everyone reads. Sharing family life and service projects is important to this active group.

Couples, 30s-early 40s. Knox Building, 208.

Offers opportunities to meet and grow together as couples and followers of Jesus Christ. Bible study around everyday concerns facing young couples today: marriage, raising a family, living as Christians in the workplace, etc. Members volunteer to facilitate and a team of regular guest teachers often lead. They stay in touch through email and many social activities. The class volunteers at Epworth Children’s Home.

Couples, late 40s-60s. Knox Building, 214.

Large class that thrives on lively, open-minded discussions and lectures on contemporary issues and short-term topics. Members are supportive in all areas of church life. Social events include a party at Christmas and in the spring. A weekly class email keeps members connected with prayer concerns and class news.

Couples and Singles, 70s+. Knox Building, 209.

Large class with a warm, friendly atmosphere. They use the Adult Bible Studies curriculum led by a team of class members. Class members regularly participate in mission work including visiting shut-ins and providing food for the Family Shelter. They have once-a-month dinners and other social events, and have a weekly email.

Couples and Singles, late 30s-40s. Knox Building, 201.

Many in the class want to learn by facilitating lessons from the Bible or often a DVD-based study. It’s comfortable for either spouse to come alone, when the other can’t. This circle of friends surrounds each other in good and hard times, as they grow together in faith. Fun is high priority and often includes their young children. The class also makes time for a variety of service projects.

Young Couples, 30s. Bruner Building, 223.

Focuses on being disciples of Christ through Bible-based studies with relevant messages for life today, service to others, and supporting each other through a strong fellowship community. The class has an ongoing partnership with a boys cottage at Epworth Children’s Home and is committed to hands-on service and relationships with those boys.

70s-80s. Bruner Building, 220.

Putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last is the foundation for this class of mostly “older” professional men and women who strive to exemplify their name. Dr. Harvey Allen, their long-time teacher, teaches toward this goal. They financially support many local charitable organizations. They enjoy Christmas, Fall and Spring social activities. A large class of over 160 members who stay connected with a weekly email of news of celebrations, prayer concerns and a synopsis of the Sunday school lesson.

Couples and Singles, 40s-80s. Bruner Building, 224.

A Reconciling Ministries Class that welcomes and celebrates human differences such as sexual orientation, socioeconomic condition, and spiritual journey. Varied life experiences include civil rights initiatives, military service, community and international work and travel. They often explore early Christian thought, contemporary Christianity and ethical teachings, and current events/social concerns as they occur. The class provides financial support for many church and community ministries. They also enjoy time together on outings and meals, and Christmas Brunch is a much-anticipated yearly event.

Couples and Singles, Mid-20s to Mid-30s. Bruner Building, 216.

Offers young adults and young professionals the opportunity to foster Christian friendships and relationships. With peer- and guest-led, discussion-based lessons on current events and biblical topics, Path Finders allows participants to deepen their personal relationship with Christ through the study of scripture. Through service in the community as well as social activities, Path Finders creates opportunities to live out Christian discipleship and deepen relationships with one another.

Couples and Singles, 65+. Bruner Building, Wesley Hall.

Knows the long history of Shandon, through experience. They are a warm group of men and women who care for one another and the congregation. A team of rotating guest teachers gives lectures from the Adult Bible Studies curriculum. They enjoy fellowship, cake and coffee before class.

Day and evening discussion studies delve into a large variety of subjects. The fall and winter programs provide opportunities for more in-depth spiritual and personal enrichment and nurture.

Topics have included:

  • Understanding the Bible: Bible Studies
  • Discipleship
  • Prayer
  • Financial Peace
  • The Bible and Music
  • Faith, Christianity
  • Studies Especially for Women and for Men
  • Parenting in Today’s Society
  • Sunday School Specials for Adult Classes

Small groups sharing life together as disciples of Christ with real connections and deep, meaningful relationships. D-group is about going deeper – with three core principles: pushing one another forward, lifting one another up and sending one another out.

Maybe you've been part of a small group – a Sunday school class or a Bible study – and now you’re searching for something more. Or maybe you've never been part of a small group. Maybe commitments have made it challenging to plug-in and grow in your faith as much as you’d like. Whatever the case, D-groups are available for men, women and couples. The groups meet at various locations, at the church, in homes or at off campus locations with times ranging from mornings to afternoons to evenings, and childcare is provided on Wednesday evenings.

Renew your spirit, rest your body, nurture your faith, and encourage your discipleship. Women of all ages are invited to join our annual weekend women’s retreat each January at The Cove in Asheville, NC. At The Well we make time to reflect on God's presence in our lives and recommit to making time for Him each day. Enjoy prominent speakers as we worship, study, pray, and play together. The Well is open to both Shandon members and the community.



Connect with a small group community and experience close friendships and personal and spiritual growth.

Through warm fellowship, spiritual growth and dedicated service, women of all ages are invited to grow in Christ, support each other, and care for others through local and global missions. The Shandon UMW is composed of close to 150 women of all ages with four Circles plus a Youth Circle that meet regularly during the school year. During the year, there are four general membership meetings, two in the evening with supper and two are at lunchtime. They also sponsor an annual Garage Sale that has become a shopping staple in the Columbia community and a successful fundraiser for local non-profit organizations. New members are always welcome.

UMW Circles

  • Augusta Beckman Circle: Monthly meetings on the first Monday after the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in member homes or at the church.
  • Mary Campbell Circle: Monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at member homes or at the church.
  • Ola B. Taylor Circle: Monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
  • Susanna Wesley Circle: Monthly meetings on the second week of the month at 6:30 p.m. in member homes or at the church.
  • Daughters of Esther (youth 9th grade and up): Monthly meetings on the first Sunday of the month from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Men of all ages gather together to be in fellowship, share meals, play and be active, dig into study, and serve. They get together monthly for a hearty breakfast, a centered time of prayer for families, the community and world, and fellowship. The group also strengthens their faith through studies, enjoys man nights with outings like ballgames and barbecue, attends an annual men’s retreat, and they’re active in community service. For more information contact Rev. James Grubb at jgrubb@shandon-umc.org.

Enjoying and sharing life together… Adults 65+. Focused on providing fun and fellowship activities. Day trips to locations such as Asheville and Hendersonville, NC, and Charleston, SC with activities like apple picking, shopping, dining at quaint local eateries and touring attractions. Fun and fellowship on the church campus through Trivia Nights, Greening our Faith, seasonal parties, and more. Monthly lunch adventures at local restaurants as well as dates for Koger Broadway shows, concerts, local theater productions and attractions throughout the Midlands. For more information contact Susan Curran, Director of Older Adult Ministries, at scurran@shandon-umc.org.

Share a love for literature. If you enjoy interesting conversation and sharing viewpoints, the stories and characters in books always provide great subject matter and stretch your thinking about all kinds of subjects that affect our lives and faith. The books are in a broad range and chosen six months out at Book Club regular meetings. The SUMC Book Club meets on the third

Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. To be on the mailing list, contact Anne Cox at anne41450@aol.com.

Helping people in need. People in today’s world are faced with many challenges. At Shandon, you’ll find concerned people of all ages dedicated to putting their faith into action and making a positive difference in the lives of others. Missions is a key ministry area through which we reach out to our neighbors – down the street and around the world. At Shandon, our mission involvement is wide-ranging.



Relax and enjoy life together. With today’s fast-paced lives, we all need time to relax and reenergize. At Shandon, you’ll find a variety of leisure events and activities for all ages where we come together as a church family to enjoy life and have fun.